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Colin Wells

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Clothes Recycling Program | Westport Column

Mountain Lakes Services has offered the Town a great deal for a Clothes Recycling Program, just in time for Spring Cleaning.

Illustrated lectures | Westport Column

Congratulations to Westport resident Jennifer Moore, who recently received national recognition for her work as head of the music department at Willsboro Central School.

Rumpelstiltskin performance | Westport Column

This busy weekend, the Westport Drama Club presents “Rumpelstiltskin,” directed by Paul Mudie and Cathy Brankman, with performances on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Drama Club presents “Rumpelstiltskin” | Westport Column

If the people who decide what gets played at classical music concerts are stuck in a rut of same old, same old—Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, with the occasional Brahms or Mahler thrown in to show how with-it they are—it’s not Rose Chancler’s fault.

The “Scooter” iceboat | Westport Column

If you’ve seen some unusual activity out in the bay over the past few weeks—such as several blinding blurs shaped like sailboats but acting like Ferraris on skates—you aren’t necessarily going nuts from cabin fever.

Reducing stress | Westport Column

Attention birders!

Make your heritage part of the Bicentennial | Westport Column

Congratulations to Arthur Dodge on his retirement last week, after 27 years of connecting us all to the outside world (or should that be connecting the outside world to us?).

Public meeting for a new combined Fire Station and Town Highway Garage | Westport Column

There will be a public meeting this Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall to discuss the plans for a new combined Fire Station and Town Highway Garage, and also to discuss the plans to renovate the Town Hall building.

PTO Volleyball Tournament | Westport Column

Are you interested in local lore and the history of our community?

Mural Making as Community Building | Westport Column

Anyone who’s walked through the halls at Westport Central School over the years has probably noticed the expressive murals that decorate many of the hallway walls.

First Saturday Dance | Westport Column

Westport music maestro Rose Chancler, artistic director of Piano by Nature, invites you to the latest Piano by Nature concert at the Hand House in Elizabethtown, this Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.

CATS, CATS, CATS! | Westport Column

CATS, CATS, CATS! Sometimes I feel like a cat lady when I sit down to write this column.

Dedicated service | Westport Column

I wish to acknowledge one of Keeseville’s residents who just retired from Clinton Community College after many years of dedicated service greatly enhancing the lives of those blessed to have encountered him.

Special public budget hearing | Westport Column

Well, with the holidays over it must be time for the annual reality check that comes as we settle in for the winter.

Continuing Medical Education lectures | Westport Column

Devoting space in this column to EMS work always seems to bring positive feedback, and I suppose it’s especially on my mind this holiday season because my three-year EMT certification expires on New Year’s Eve and I’ve been focusing on getting all the paperwork in for recertifying.

Country Line Dancing class | Westport Column

Send your secondary-school child to school with a buck and some head gear on Friday, Dec. 20, which is Caps for Cranes day at WCS.

Youth Commission’s Whiteface Ski and Snowboard program | Westport Column

For some fifty years the Westport Youth Commission has sent busloads of our community’s children to ski at Whiteface each winter.

Santa in town | Westport Column

Santa has been worrying whether he can fit down your chimney this year.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner offered | Westport Column

Here’s an update on the Senior Play at WCS (The Election, by Don Zolidis), which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.

Become a volunteer responder | Westport Column

I’m feeling a bit guilty as I write this on Monday afternoon.

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This week being election week and all, the Class of 2014 at Westport Central will offer a timely and provocative look at the quirky process that we call democracy.

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This might be good time to note just a few of the many ways that our community has benefitted over the years from the truly inspirational presence of Shami McCormick.

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Lucy Connell and the Friends of the Westport Heritage House are sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner at the Federated Church (the Stone Church) this Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 6 p.m.

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Wadhams is jumping this weekend, what with the 4-mile BRASS cookie run starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 and the CATS hike from Wadhams to Essex on Sunday, Oct. 13 starting at 11 a.m.

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As you probably know by now, as many as 31 horses are being kept by the county up at the Fairgrounds on a temporary basis until they can find permanent homes.

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Now that the days are getting shorter and cooler, you may be looking for a place to work out indoors.

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Champlain Area Trails (CATS), which is headquartered here in town, has a couple of interesting trail projects coming up in nearby locations.

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It’s not too late to register your child for ACAP’s Westport After School Program, which welcomes Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students in the school cafeteria from 3 to 6 p.m. on school days.

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The Wadhams Free Library kicks off its fall Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser on Sept. 18, as Essex Town Historian Shirley LaForest returns to the Library for an illustrated talk entitled “Back Home in Wadhams 1812.”

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The members of the Westport Ambulance Squad would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to our recent Stretcher Drive.

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One regular standout event in these parts is the annual talk at Camp Dudley hosted by the Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties.

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Westport Festival Day is this Saturday, Aug. 10, and will happen in conjunction with the Canal Splash festivities at the Westport Marina.

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Don’t miss this weekend’s performances of Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet,” in Ballard Park, on Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m.

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Sheila Borden would like me to pass along her thanks to all who participated in our townwide celebration of Independence Day:

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This week’s Community Concert (Thursday, July 11) stars vaudeville and circus-style entertainer Stephen Gratto, who invites audience participation in his feats of juggling, rope-walking, stilt-walking, balloon-sculpting and, uh, hatchet-throwing.

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You probably received a letter from Ambulance Squad Captain Ben Sudduth the other day asking you to contribute to our effort to buy a second power stretcher to replace our old one, which has to be raised and lowered manually.

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Kudos to miracle worker Caroline Thompson, who founded and—for, what, three decades?—ran the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks.

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The Firemen’s Golf Tournament, which was hosted by the Westport Country Club on June 1, was a great success, with sixteen teams of four competing in a day of outstanding golf.

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Time to start thinking about our upcoming Independence Day celebrations, which will take place this year on Saturday, July 6.

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Westport Central School Class of 2016 invites you to Willsboro Bowling Center this Saturday at 3 p.m. for 9 Pin Bowling to benefit the Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund.

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Congratulations to Jim Westover, Jr. and Bruce Hoskins on their recognition recently for 50 years of service as volunteer firefighters for Westport Hose Company Number One.

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June is bustin’ out all over!

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A while back I reported that funding had run out for the ACAP After School Program in Westport and that it wouldn’t be continuing for the next school year.

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It’s hard to believe this is the fifth season that the handsome Visitors Center at the Westport Heritage House has been there to welcome newcomers to our region and our community.

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Well, planning for summer is now officially underway.

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Don’t miss the Westport Central School Drama Club’s performance of High School (Non) Musical, a parody of the Disney film High School Musical, this weekend.

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Last year at this time, the volunteers who maintain the Westport Heritage House (including the new Visitors Center) announced a summer-long “Make It Shine” raffle to fund their project to refurbish the hardwood floor in the historic building’s community room.

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Here’s a reminder about the Sunday Brunch Sourdough Waffle and Frittata Extravaganza at Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams this Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Bad news from A.C.A.P., my employers at the After School Program: the grant runs out this year, and so at this point it looks like there won’t be an After School Program at Westport Central next year.

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Last year I wrote about the writer’s retreat that Mary Beth Coudal led at Skenewood, the beautiful and historic Jones family property on Dudley Road.

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